Active Root ambassadors

Meet the Active Root Ambassadors! These guys are big fans of Active Root and can normally be found out and about with a bright orange bottle! Check them out on Instagram to stay up to date with all of our offers.
If you're interested in becoming an ambassador, please fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

Steve, @steverees80 (Lancashire)

I started running years ago but didn’t really fall in love with it until I discovered trail running in 2019. From then on I was hooked & was out in my local hills as much as possible. Covid happened shortly after but for me it meant even more time running (I even ran in my hallway during that first lockdown, racking up a 8,120 hallway-lengths marathon… my carpet still hasn’t forgiven me)! When things started to open up I began increasing my outdoor distances & subsequently discovered ultra running.

I’ve always struggled fuelling properly for those longer runs. Anything I eat normally leaves me feeling nauseous & all of the sports gels I’d previously tried had upset my digestive system (no one wants to be the runny runner, do they?), so I was in a bit of a funk until I stumbled across Active Root. Thankfully, since I switched to Active Root I no longer feel nauseous or unwell & my appetite has even improved later in the run. I mainly use a combination of the sports drink & the gel mix on my longer runs (the gel mix is by far the best sports gel I’ve ever tried).

As well as the brilliant products, a big thing for me is Active Root’s commitment to reducing their impact on the environment. We’ve all seen discarded gel wrappers when we’re out running (a sight I truly hate) but with the gel mix bottles they’ve completely resolved that! I also love that they offer refills in recyclable packaging!

I’ve got some big runs planned in the future & I feel so much more confident knowing I’ve finally found sports nutrition that works for me, & also one with a strong environmental message!

Hannah Blundell, @hannah_jade_adventure (Lancashire)

I started running properly during Covid, to get me out the house after work when there was nothing else to do. I very quickly fell in love with it. The feeling of running my first 10k was unreal, but I felt I could never manage anything further. However within a short space of time I’d signed up for the Virtual London Marathon. I’d never done a race before and doing on my own somehow seemed less daunting than the pressure of a race!

I quickly discovered trails and now get out on the local West Pennine Moors as much as possible after work and at weekends. Running with Rivington Run Club and Billinge Run Club.

The atmosphere and community spirit of running events are brilliant. Trails are my happy place and where I find myself unwinding, pushing my limits and seeing what I can achieve.

When starting to run longer distances I struggled to find nutrition and fuel that wouldn’t make me feel nauseous. I discovered Active Root and it’s now my go to run fuel. The energy chews give me a good boost without being overly sweet or sickly. The original ginger sports drink and electrolites are both amazing for keeping energy and electrolytes stores topped up and keeping the stomach settled whilst tasting delicious. I never leave home for a long run without them! 

Katie, @katie.runss (Chorley)

"I'm not ashamed to say I'm very much a 'lock down runner'. As a child I took part in the Junior Great North run every year but I didn't truly find a love for running, until it was the only thing I could do. I chose to run during the hour or so, of permitted exercise out of the house and I've never looked back. I've recalled saying several times, I would never be able to run further than 10k.

I just couldn't comprehend how it was possible to even think about running a marathon and certainly nothing further. And here three years on, I've ran several marathons, but ultra marathons have my heart. There truly is nothing like running an ultra, no pressure of pacing but just for the pure enjoyment of the run. I adore being on the trails, it's absolutely my happy place and I love seeing how far my body can go. It's taken a lot learning about fuelling through many training runs to get to finding something that works so well for me.

My biggest issues, like many runners was stomach concerns and regular nausea on longer runs.Active root original is my go-to electrolyte drink. I'm a huge fan of ginger anyway, but it settles my nausea more than any other alternative. Plus the sachets are small enough to not take up much room in my kit bag - absolute bonus for any ultra runner! "

Gary Thwaites

Active Root is a massive fan of the Tea and Trails Podcast! Gary and Edwina are Active Root ambassadors who love nothing better than talking all things ultra running! 

Tea & Trails is a weekly trail running podcast that loves to talk about running, tea and trails. Hosts Edwina & Gary talk about recent ultra races, what's been going on in their lives, coaching and interviewing a variety of runners and race organisers.

Please reach out if you would like to be involved! - -

Laura Briggs, @briggsy1 (Somerset)

I’m an ultra-runner who loves a bit of barefooting! I was named the first Running Mayor of Somerset, and my aim is to get everybody out and enjoying running, no matter what their level, age, or ability. My biggest achievement was running 500 miles in one month, and I’m always training for the next long run! I’m also a vegan runner. I love eating, so ultra-running is the perfect sport for me, because it means I can eat and move at the same time! I love how I feel after a run – it’s great for the body and the mind, and I love running in bright colours, so I definitely stand out!

I love the taste of Active Root, and I love how it doesn’t give me any gastro issues while I’m running long distance on the trail. For me, as a vegan, it fits in perfectly with my lifestyle choices too. It fueled me around 500 miles, with no issues whatsoever, so it’s my go-to sports fuel

I run barefoot – so you’ll either see me in Vibram Fivefingers, or with no shoes on at all. Raises some eyebrows!

Laura Lawson, @lalalawson (Essex)

I took up cycling a decade ago, riding recreationally for fun and fitness, with my partner and completing the odd sportive challenge. I love that I can travel further, explore the countryside, and see so much more than when I’m on foot. I started racing in 2018 and enjoy road crits, cyclo-cross and cross country MTB races. Each presents its own challenge and, although I’m often out of my comfort zone, I love that I learn something every time I race. I am more focussed and structured about my training now than when I started riding but I do still take days where I ride just for fun, no numbers which is great for a happy, healthy mind. I love nothing more than riding with friends to a café for breakfast or elevenses! I think my biggest achievement to date has to be taking part in the 2020 HSBC UK Cyclo-Cross National Championships.

I suffered from GI distress when doing my long rides. Nothing serious, I just had no appetite and even the thought of eating made me feel really nauseous. I just couldn’t consume the calories needed. This often left me drained, a feeling of lethargy which could last a few days. Active Root gave me back my appetite! Drinking it gives me energy and allows me to eat while riding. I love the taste too, Peppermint and Lemonbalm ElectroLite+ are my favourites

I once rode 508km from Newcastle to London. Moving time was a touch under 22 hours and I burned over 8,600 calories – the equivalent of 65 Active Root Original Sports Drink servings!!

Owain Williams, @scottishrunner (Edinburgh)

I live in Edinburgh and spend most of my spare time running, especially if training for a specific race. I've been running since 2008 when I entered the Edinburgh marathon to raise money for charity and to lose some weight. I finished that race in just under 5 hours and have since gone on to improve my time by a far bit and have a marathon PB of 2:52.52. My favourite type of running is trail running and that's what also led me down the path of ultra running. I love a good trail and most trail races seem to be ultras so it made sense. As much as I love racing, the real reason I run is for my Mental Health. I find running really helps me destress and clear my head.

I love the taste of Active Root and the fact that it's all natural ingredients. When I'm working hard racing or training, the last thing I want is to ingest something that doesn't agree with me.

I met my wife (Mandy) by running! There was a running club at our work that we both attended and that's where I met her

Vic Owens @thehappyrunnernw (Denbigh)

I started my run journey in 2016 when I began training for a half marathon. It wasn't long before I discovered ultra running and in September 2017 I crossed the line as the first, and only female competitor that year to complete King Offa’s Dyke Race: 185 miles from Chepstow to Prestatyn. In 2020, I took on The Monarch’s Way, running 625 miles. Not only did I become the first woman to complete the route in its entirety but I took days off the male FKT and I’m still to this date the current FKT holder. During January 2021 I ran an ultra every single day. That's 32 miles a day every day for the entire month of January, except for the last day, when on the 31st of January I finished off the month with a smashing 40 miles bringing the month’s total to 1000 miles! I supported the stay local lockdown rules by never leaving Denbigh, my town. At no one point was I ever more than two miles from my house.

I suffer badly from feeling nauseous when running and often on longer runs I can struggle to take in enough food to sustain the mileage I'm doing. Active Root has been a game changer for me. It settles my stomach and fuels me. I love how refreshing the taste is too, I just don't tire of it. The Gel Mix is also amazing, finally a gel that doesn't send me darting into the bushes!

I’m well known for being a barefoot runner. I run all my distances in zero drop, no cushioned shoes, or completely barefoot

If you are interested in becoming an Active Root ambassador then please fill in the form below. We will aim to get back to you within 2 weeks. Please note, we require new ambassadors to have a minimum of 3000 followers. You can still apply if you have below 3000, but may not be selected.
Thank you for your interest!